Vril -- A Force to Reckon With

By M.E. Brines

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Copyright 2011 by M.E. Brines

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Star Wars popularized the concept of The Force, a mysterious energy field that pervades the entire universe. But this idea is not something invented by George Lucas. Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces” directly influenced Lucas’ screenwriting. Campbell was a New Age Hindu and that philosophy permeated all his writings.

An important part of that worldview and in much of Asian philosophy is the concept of an inner energy source: Chi, Ojas, or Astral Light, also sometimes known as Orgone or Vril. Anyone who has taken karate or judo will recognize the similarity between chi and The Force. By harnessing your chi properly you can strike harder and more accurately, and increase your own endurance. But Lucas took the idea much further than a simple energy reservoir.

In his movies The Force is an external source that can be tapped by the properly trained Jedi masters to perform fantastic superhuman feats. This is somewhat different than chi, which lies within oneself. It is more in tune with the New Age concept of Vril, an external “force” that can be tapped to perform fantastic superhuman feats. In The Secret Doctrine, the foundation document (their “Bible” if one can use that term) of the New Age, the author Madame Blavatsky comments:

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